BAE wins $384m contract to supply thermal weapon sights for US Army


BAE Systems has received a $384m contract to provide new high-resolution thermal weapon sights for the US Army, under the family of weapon sights – crew served (FWS-CS) programme.

Using specialised weapon sights, soldiers will be able to quickly and accurately engage targets at extended ranges.

Designed for 0.5-calibre M2 weapons, 7.62mm M240 machine guns and Mk 19 automatic grenade launchers, the FWS-CS long-range infrared sight can operate during the day or at night in all weather conditions.

The technology combines high-resolution sensors with a lightweight laser range-finder to wirelessly transmit images to a helmet-mounted display, BAE said in a statement.

"Supplying the army with crew-served, gunner-specific weapon sights builds on our heritage as a long time provider of weapon sight solutions."

BAE Systems imaging and aiming solutions director Marc Casseres said: “Supplying the army with crew-served, gunner-specific weapon sights builds on our heritage as a long time provider of weapon sight solutions.

“Our innovative 12µ sensor technology allows us to provide soldiers with superior clarity and range to dominate the battlefield through increased situational awareness in all operational environments and conditions.”

According to the company, the FWS-CS sight provides significant advantages for surveillance, situational awareness, engagement and survivability.

With an initial development order of $10.5m, work will be performed at the company’s facilities in Hudson, New Hampshire and Austin, Texas.


Image: BAE Systems will provide the US Army with high-resolution thermal weapon sights. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.